Not only is my husband a coach, but I used to coach track and cross-country. (Not quite the same intensity as football but enough to show that I know of what I speak.)
The coach is the team leader and teacher. Responsible for the safety and conduct of the team. Commissioned with the task of teaching skill and building endurance in addition to developing a game plan and implementing changes from the sideline. Corrector. Encourager. Friend. One who shoulders the blame and passes along the credit while preparing the team for the next level of competition. The good ones lead by example.
The athletes who find quality coaches and listen to their instruction have an advantage over their peers. Those who don’t? Well, a coach can only point you in the right direction. You have to do the work yourself.
What about life? Successful travelers have coaches (also known as mentors, agents, and friends). Someone with more knowledge and experience who shares their wisdom and offers encouragement for the journey. Who can point out the potholes and steer in the right direction.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” ~John Crosby
Do you have a coach? Are you listening? Have you thanked them?